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An Eternal Platform

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln takes office as a political moderate. While he firmly opposes slavery on moral and political grounds, he does not publicly call for its abolition, for fear of revolutionary consequences. It is America’s greatest crisis — the Civil War — which transforms his political views on racial equality and defines him as one of the nation’s most extraordinary leaders.

Through the words of his most significant speeches, Lincoln’s pen became his most powerful weapon. Lincoln’s Undying Words celebrates his courage and eloquence, with which he helped create a new definition of equality and ultimately saved the Union. Visit the exhibit to learn how Lincoln’s words still challenge and inspire us today, and leave a legacy of hope, inspiration, and the eternal pursuit of human equality.

Exhibit Opens
April 9


Access to this exhibition is included with Museum admission
$16 adults
$14 seniors/students
Free for children 12 and under


Monday to Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Noon to 5:00 p.m.


Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

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$9 with Museum validation
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Want to bring a large group? Special discounted group rates available. Call 312-799-2162 or email for details.


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Civil War Bus Tour

As Lincoln fought to preserve the Union, Chicagoans rallied to support him and the Northern effort. Visit locations significant to Chicago during the war with guide Kevin Naughton.

Stops include the site of the Wigwam, where Lincoln won the nomination for president; the site of Camp Douglas, a training center for Northern troops and later a prisoner-of-war camp; the site of the US Circuit Court building where Lincoln practiced law; and Oak Woods Cemetery.


Saturday, May 7, 1:00 p.m.


$55 general admission

$45 members

Group Tours

In addition to the exhibition, the Museum is offering a number of group tours and lectures about Abraham Lincoln, including; Lincoln in Chicago, Wet with Blood: The Investigation of Mary Todd Lincoln’s cloak and Lincoln in Words.

Please contact group tours for more information.


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The Briefing Room

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Special Thanks

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The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago.

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Lincoln’s Undying Words is presented in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. This exhibition includes artifacts from the Chicago History Museum’s renowned John and Jeanne Rowe Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln Collection.

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Education programs for Lincoln’s Undying Words are sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund.

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Special thanks to our corporate sponsor, Wintrust Financial Corporation.